Kelly Slater confirme, il quitte Quiksilver

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 Ce n’était donc pas un poisson d’avril. Kelly Slater à confirmé ce matin à la fin de sa série au Margaret River pro qu’il quittait bien la marque Quiksilver. Il aura fièrement représenté  les couleurs de la marque pendant  plus de 24 ans. Ke11y, 11 fois champions du monde a décidé de s’engager dans un nouveau challenge. Il va en effet lancer sa propre ligne de vêtements en partenariat avec le géant français du luxe Kering. Infos, vidéos et réaction de Kelly Slater ci dessous.

Kelly Slater confirme l’information

Ce matin (2 avril 2014), Kelly Slater a confirmé l’information suite à sa série du round 1 lors de l’épreuve du Margaret River Pro : « Je suis heureux de vous annoncer que je m’embarque pour un nouveau voyage. Depuis plusieurs années je rêve de développer une marque qui reprenne mon amour de la vie saine, de la responsabilité et du style. (…) J’ai choisi le groupe Kering comme partenaire. »

L’annonce sur son compte Facebook hier n’était donc pas une blague. Le nom de la marque ne portera pas le nom Kelly Slater, à la différence d’autres griffes lancées par de grands sportifs, et ne sera pas en concurrence avec Volcom, une marque du groupe Kering qui propose déjà une ligne consacrée au « surfwear ».

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Voici le post facebook de Kelly Slater : There is little I can say that would give the credit due or cover the debt of gratitude I feel on a personal and professional level toQuiksilver. As a brand and on a human level, they have been a part of my life, career, and personal relationships for more than 23 years now, well over half my life. They’ve supported me through good times and bad, personal hardships and competitive triumphs, and never wavered in backing my choices and desires in all that time. Under the tutelage of Bob McKnight, Bruce Raymond, Alan Green, Pierre Agnes and Danny Kwock (and many others), Quiksilver signed me to a 100% sponsorship deal in 1990, finishing up my amateur career and guiding me into my professional life and adulthood. Having their support group around the world allowed me to create a life I only dreamt of as a child…making a documentary (Kelly Slater In Black and White) about the start of my professional career, going on boat trips and small charter planes to remote locations I’d likely never see, taking long car rides and promo tours to places I’d otherwise never visit, doing film trips to tropical islands few people have ever seen, etc. There could have been no better partner for me to have than Quiksilver. The memories I have of joining the team and becoming like brothers with my heroes and team riders Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones and making lifelong friendships with Stephen Bell and others has fulfilled my life exponentially. There aren’t enough pages or words to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the experiences that have come from this relationship we’ve shared together. So it is with a heavy heart and a lifetime of positive memories that I move in a new chapter of my life.

As I contemplate the amazing opportunities I’ve had in life and the amount of good fortune I’ve encountered along the way, I’m excited to announce today that I’m embarking on a new journey. For years I’ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to. So I am excited to tell you that I’ve chosen TheKering Group as a partner. They share my values and have the ability to support me in all of my endeavors. I look forward to exploring all of the new opportunities this partnership will provide, but this hasn’t happened by chance, nor has it happened without an incredible amount of work by a few key individuals. As I embark on this new journey, I am sticking to my gut instincts and the belief that your dreams can become reality with the right intentions. I look forward to sharing more about it soon…

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